The Complete Guide To Buying Clothes For Boys
It’s not only girls who wanna have fun with their clothing. While there are doubtlessly boys who could care less how they dress – just as there are girls – there’s an increasing number of little dudes who are becoming more and more fashion conscious.
Whether or not they are responding to the fashion industry or the fashion industry is responding to them is not clear. And it’s not important. What is important is knowing that you can’t just buy any old shirt, throw it into the mix and expect it to be worn. With more options, comes more responsibility.
Here’s a guide to help you shop wisely for the little guy in your life.
1) Respect His Comfort Zone
Between starting school, making new friends and navigating the world away from Mom and Dad, childhood can be pretty harrowing. Now is not the time to be overly pushy with kids about embracing new fashions. Give a gentle nudge, sure, but don’t be unnecessarily forceful. If your son doesn’t like skinny jeans but will actually wear some kinds of jeans, consider yourself lucky. There’s are hundreds of thousands of parents who’d be happy to get their son out of jogging pants. Or hell, into any pants at all.
2) Honour His Style
Don’t turn yourself into the fashion equivalent of Dance Mom’s. Your son doesn’t exist for you to live out your style dreams. Shop with him in mind. For that matter, shop with him – if he’ll willingly go along with you. Let him pick what he likes, not want you like. This will help you get a sense of his style so you can shop solo with confidence. More importantly, it will help him develop his style confidence – and increase his confidence in general.
3) Quality Staples
Kids grow quickly, so no one is saying you have to drop serious coin on costly designer labels, but it will save you time and money in the long-run if you buy quality staples. (If you’ve ever seen a kid blow out the knees of a pair of pants within hours of putting them on, you’ll understand the importance of quality.)
Kids will make short work of destroying poorly-made clothing, but if you invest in good quality boys clothes for the important outfits for special occasions – or just when you want to get him out of something grass stained – you’ll save yourself the expense of having to buy the same shoddy quality item many times. The good stuff lasts longer, through hundreds of wears and washes.
4) Buy Big
And speaking of kids growing quickly, buy clothing a little big. Your kid shouldn’t look like he’s playing dress up in Dad’s clothing, but if you can get away with buying clothes and shoes a size bigger, do it. Again, it will ultimately save you money and time spent shopping (and returning).
5) Don’t Gender Profile
Pink isn’t only for girls, and guess what? Some boys wear – and love – leggings. If your little guy loves green or blue, that’s great, but if you buy with an open mind from the time he is young, he won’t feel like he has to like them. ‘Boy’ colours aren’t his only option. Colour his world, just like he colours yours.
Listen, not every kid loves clothes, and many don’t give more than a passing glance at new duds until they’re at least six, but if you can get them to wear clothes they like, and make them feel good about themselves, you’re way ahead of the game.